One of NOACA’s transportation planning goals is to preserve and improve the efficiency and safety of the existing transportation system, prioritize elements of the system, and ensure the system serves homeland security. The primary focus of the Regional Safety Program is improve safety by reducing crashes, particularly fatal and serious injury crashes, on all modes of transportation in the NOACA region.
The Program is founded on the analysis of crash data reported by law enforcement agencies to the Ohio Department of Public Safety that summarizes the details of each documented crash in the Ohio. This crash data is then integrated with data from the Ohio’s road inventory to allow for spatial analysis of crashes on roads throughout the five-county region. The data is evaluated at both a high level (to evaluate broad trends) and at a detailed level (to identify specific locations).
During 2015, a total of 36,497 roadway crashes occurred in the region, which resulted in 144 fatalities and 12,930 injuries, including 1,115 serious injuries. Crashes in the NOACA five-county region made up about 12% of all crashes in Ohio in 2015. The year 2015 marked the second consecutive year of increases in the NOACA region from the recent lows observed in 2013. This regional trend has followed a similar trend within the state and across the country. See figure below for a histogram showing the number of fatal, injury, and property damage only crashes in the NOACA region for the years 2002 through 2015.
An integral part of NOACA’s Regional Safety Program is the Safety and Operations Council. The Council was formed to serve as an advisory group on the topic of safety planning, and to assist in the development of the Regional Safety Program and to provide input to NOACA’s Transportation Subcommittee on projects and programs with respect to regional safety and operations. The Council is made up of local planning and engineering officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, ODOT, FHWA, GCRTA, Ohio Traffic Safety Office, and community members.